Greetings, Stacy! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus lately. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
For example this latest race to free the miners from the Chillean mine. Math, science, and human spirit got them out yet who did they think when they got out, God! What an insult to human intelligents is what I feel. I know also when they thank god that that can also just be misconstrude to be thanking the awesome situation they find themselves in and having comfort saying thank you to all and all their self being. I am so tired of it though. It is lonely. There is no efficiency for my self in a world of "leave it up to god" people. It makes me sad to write it. I would like to see a world of hope and accomplishment that is truly human.
My story, hmm, well I have always been very observant of human nature. Peoples facial expression, actions, habits and words said have made an impression on me that lead into my artistic and visual thoughts. As I grew into my art career it seemed more and more clear that society rewards the weirdest things like violence and religous exceptance. Nothing really ever panned out for me socially as I thought they should. I have always been a pretty excepting and friendly person and understood that when you try to treat others well that hopefully you get that in return. Growing older into my college years I continued to observe that my hanging on to a belief was at best pathetic. I realized that at last I know what is not working for me in my mind, body and spirit. It was that society and its strong hold of religious belief did not meet my needs. Religion was the cause of much of my strife. It was an ah-ha moment indeed. All of the years of my childhood and early adulthood came to a realization in a moment. I was in my college dorm looking out at the sunset and all of these thoughts seized my being. All I could do was stare out the window looking at the golden reds and oranges of color from the sun and clouds moving into night. I was definitely a changed person. I was also happy about it and I still am. My biggest quest with it though is the constant wonder of how to survive in a world that does not think correctly. Check out my "Prejudice Atheist" blog. I am not the best mathmatician and I can often procrastinate what needs to be done. The numbers are SO stacked against my belief and yet also my appeal to being reassured are stepped on.
Hello Stacy, and welcome to this friendly world of rational sense and intelligent reasoning, with its thousands of freethinkers who recognise how religions deceive and control vulnerable people beginning with innocent children. How sad, too, that women and minorities have been so mistreated during these last two millennia and more.